Jade Bonsai is currently a popular plant in many households across the world. It is quite simple to care for as it only requires minimal conditions to thrive. Jade Bonsai, scientifically called Crassula ovata, is a succulent plant species with its origin traced back to Africa. Many households have these plants in their living rooms because of their beauty and appeal. The branches are fleshy and shiny, with the leaves perfectly rounded, and the trees are quite small in size (less than five feet).
Succulent plants are usually popular for their capability to survive in harsh conditions. For instance, they can thrive well in dry areas with minimal water and sunlight exposure. However, just like all plants, they bloom best in certain optimal conditions. Failure to provide these conditions usually results in undesired consequences, such as withering of the Jade plant. Instead of the normal shedding of old leaves, the plant may start to exponentially lose leaves, a process which might eventually kill it.
Therefore, to stop your Jade Bonsai from abnormally shedding its leaves, you will first have to determine the actual cause of the problem. This usually depends on several factors such as watering, humidity levels, sunlight, temperatures, pests and diseases, soil type, and others. To fully revive the plant, you will need to implement some of the following guidelines.
The Jade Bonsai plant needs to be carefully watered to prevent any negative results. These plants require a certain amount of water to grow healthily; under-watering may imitate the conditions of a severe desert. This will result in the plant losing some, if not all, of its leaves gradually to reduce the rate of water loss during photosynthesis. Therefore, as soon as the top layer of the potting soil dries up, you should consider watering the plant. This time period usually averages between 15 to 30 days, depending on the season and environmental conditions of a place.
Similarly, over-watering the Jade Bonsai may also cause the plant to lose its leaves. Too much water makes the roots of the plant vulnerable to rotting, and the damp soil will make the leaves turn yellow and start falling off at an exponential rate. The plant may even develop soft sections on the branches and trunk. This problem requires cessation of the watering routine until the potting soil dries up; then you can resume the proper watering routine. You may also re-pot the plant altogether to a new, drier soil.
You should also monitor the lighting environment of the plant. Limited light during the winter will cause the leaves to fall. Similarly, too much light will cause similar consequences. Jade plants require optimal lighting conditions to photosynthesize, without which they start to wither lose their leaves.
Therefore, when your house is not receiving appropriate lighting, you should move the plant near a window where it will be properly illuminated. You may also install artificial lighting systems using specialized bulbs near the Jade Bonsai plant’s pot as this will provide enough light throughout all seasons.
You should maintain optimal temperatures within the habitat of your Jade Bonsai. Temperatures ranging between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit are healthy. Any temperature above this range might prove too warm for the survival of the plant, causing it to lose its leaves and wither.
Similarly, temperatures below this range might be too cold for the plant. Therefore, to prevent your plant from losing its leaves, you will always need to pay attention to the temperature, making sure it does not deviate from the provided range. You may even employ artificial equipment such as fans and radiators to control the heat level.
Just like other plants, the Jade Bonsai is usually susceptible to pests. Some of these include mealybugs and aphids, which usually affect the plant in different ways. For instance, some of these pests usually feed on the leaves, deforming them and causing them to fall. Also, some of these pests leave behind secretions, which usually promote the growth of mold and fungus on the plant.
Therefore, to safely revive your plant, you will need to remove these pests by carefully using a cotton/paintbrush with rubbing alcohol. If this is inconvenient, you may introduce parasitic pests like ladybirds to consume the damaging pests. Finally, you may use carefully selected insecticides to kill the pests. However, this is sometimes a harmful process and thus not recommended.
Some of these plants also wither due to the products used on them. Some individuals apply leaf shine products on their plant or even clean the leaves using household cleaning detergents and chemicals.
These products are very harmful to your plant, and continued use will result in the loss of leaves. Therefore, under no circumstance should you use these chemicals and products on your plant.
In conclusion, properly knowing the root cause of the problem to your Jade Bonsai is vital as a first step in reviving your plant. You may then follow any of the guidelines provided depending on the cause of the problem. Within no time, your plant will again be thriving and healthy, lighting up your room and environment.